Music, Arts & Culture Immersion

      Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

      Heart of Travel
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      89 reviews
      Nov 25 - Dec 2, 2022
      Group size: 6 - 16
      Music, Arts & Culture Immersion
      Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

      Heart of Travel
      • Facebook verified
      89 reviews

      Nov 25 - Dec 2, 2022
      Group size: 6 - 16

      About this trip

      Heart of Travel, in collaboration with Voices from the Lake, is thrilled to be hosting a unique retreat and cultural immersion experience for artists, musicians, and creatives from around the world. This week-long trip includes an all-access pass to the Voices from the Lake Electronic Music Festival on the shores of Lake Atitlán where you will enjoy music, art, and human connection for two whole days.

      Once the festival has wrapped up, we will dive into a dynamic retreat-style trip that balances creativity, wellness, and cultural immersion - giving you time to soak in Guatemalan culture while also honing your own craft and collaborating with others' creatives. 

      Together, we will enjoy meditation, yoga, studio recording sessions, visits to local cooperatives and meet and greets with artists, artisans, and changemakers from around the country. Lake Atitlán is not only physically beautiful but it's considered by many to have a special energy and we couldn't agree more. It's truly a magnetic destination that inspires healing, connection, and creativity. 

      We invite anyone ready for a transformational travel experience to join us on this life-changing adventure! 

      About Voices from the Lake

      Voices from the Lake is an eco-friendly music and arts festival thriving through its community of musicians, artists, promoters, thought leaders, festival goers, and supporters that believe in a brighter future for Lake Atitlán, Guatemala,  and the world.  The festival actively supports different NGOs, entrepreneurs, and artists that are changing the landscape in the country.  Voices from the Lake is a unique opportunity to connect with the impact sector in Guatemala and also take part in helping the arts ecosystem develop its great potential.  All of this while you dance for 2 days with more than 30 DJs and visual artists in a span of 4 stages set in one of the lake’s most idyllic spaces, the Atitlán Nature Reserve. 

      About Heart of Travel

      Heart of Travel is a small business, powered by womxn, born out of a deep-rooted love and passion for travel and a desire to showcase the often undervalued and misunderstood countries of Latin America.

      Heart of Travel is designed to provide you with an ideal travel experience that meets your specific wants and needs while upholding high ethical standards and sustainable practices to ensure that we are making a positive impact on local communities, cultures, and economies.

      What’s included

      • Bilingual Tour Leader
        Two Heart of Travel tour leaders (fully bilingual) available 24/7 during your trip
      • 7 nights accommodation
        7 nights of accommodation in boutique hotels and/or vacation rentals
      • Transportation
        Transportation to/from all activities indicated on the itinerary. This does not include transportation from Guatemala City or Antigua to the festival. However, we can arrange that for you separately!
      • 24/7 Concierge
        Available if participants need assistance with planning additional activities, restaurant recommendation, transportation, pharmacy runs, visit to doctor, or any type of need or request.
      • Meals
        7 breakfast, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
      • Guided Meditation
        3 Sessions
      • Yoga
        3 Sessions
      • Studio Sessions
        1 individual minimum, 1 group session and additional depending on package and group size
      • Cultural Immersion
        Full day in San Juan la Laguna. Visits to coffee cooperative, female-led textile cooperative, medicinal plant garden, microbrewery and more!
      • Special Guest Lecturer
        Local chef and food justice activist
      • Community Outreach
        Brainstorming & Building Relationships
      • Networking Lunch
      • Private Party
        with industry guests
      • Tips
        At included meals, and to local guides and drivers.
      • Festival Pass
        2 day, all access pass to Voices from the Lake Electronic Music Festival
      • International airfare
        International airfare to and from Guatemala City.
      • Transport to festival
        We can arrange transportation to Panajachel from anywhere in Guatemala. Just letting us know if you're coming in from the airport, Antigua, Xela or anywhere else and we can get you a quote!
      • Travel Insurance
        Recommended, not required
      • Extra meals & beverages
        Meals and beverages not indicated on the itinerary.
      • Additional tours
        Additional tours/activities done individually during free time (we can assist in coordinating these for you) or activities booked directly with a separate tour operator.
      • Tips
        to retreat center personnel, nor to Tour Leaders

      Available Packages

      Double Occupancy 7 day/7 night package
      Available until October 31, 202212 left

      Per person price when booking a double occupancy spot for the 7-day/7 night experience. If you are rooming with a partner or friend, please let us know. If you are traveling alone but would like to be paired with another solo traveler we will assign you a roommate. 

      Deposit: $650
      Single Occupancy 7 day/7 night package
      Available until October 31, 20226 left

      Per person price when booking a single occupancy spot for the 7-day/7 night experience.

      Deposit: $650
      Double Occupancy 10 day/10 night Package
      Available until October 31, 2022

      Per person price when booking a double occupancy spot for the 10-day/10-night experience. If you are rooming with a partner or friend, please let us know. If you are traveling alone but would like to be paired with another solo traveler we will assign you a roommate. 

      This 10 day package includes everything in the 7 day/7 night package plus the following:

      - 3 additional nights of accommodations 

      - 3 additional breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners 

      - Transportation to activities indicated on the itinerary 

      - Community Immersion in Santa Catarina & San Antonio Palopó 

      - Art Tour in San Pedro la Laguna 

      - Visit to the Atitlán Nature Reserve (entrance included, additional activities at your cost) 

      - 2 additional yoga sessions 

      - 1 additional meditation sessions 

      - 1 to 2 additional studio sessions 

      - Closing party 

      Deposit: $750
      Single Occupancy 10 day/10 night Package
      Available until October 31, 2022
      Deposit: $750


      Day One, November 25th
      Arrive in Panajachel & Welcome Party

      Optional transportation from Guatemala City, Antigua, or Xela to Lake Atitlán. Please reach out to us at with your flight information in order to schedule the best transportation option for you! If you are arriving on your own please let us know so we can coordinate your arrival at the retreat center! 

      Once all participants have arrived in Panajachel and checked into their accommodation, we will meet for dinner and a welcome party at Azul Rosa to kick off what is sure to be an incredible week of music, art, connection and the making of lifelong friendships! 

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      Heart of Travel
      89 reviews
      The Heart of Travel was born out of a deep-rooted love and passion for travel, art, history, food, nature, culture and adventure as well as a call to give back to the communities and people that had already provided us with so much. The travel industry has long been bombarded with double decker tour busses, beach front resorts and cruise ships, often at the expense of the local communities. As a response to this failing system, we began a boutique travel company that allows clients to explore new places in an authentic and non-touristy way, offering travelers a more intimate and unique experience all while removing the stress and hassle of researching, planning, bargain hunting, reserving and more that goes along with planning a trip or vacation.


      Thanks to Heart of Travel we were able to take part in family friendly activities that were fun for everyone. We met wonderful, kind, hosts, guides and drivers and learned so much.
      By Sarah L for Sarah Liberatore: Custom Guatemala Trip on 27 Mar, 2023
      Phenomenal experience! The team at Heart of Travel curated an itinerary that was amazing. I can't say enough about the seamless organization and opportunities that we had.
      By Nicole V for Custom Services: Nicole Versaevel on 25 Mar, 2023
      Heart of Travel provided a great shore excursion to Antigua for a reasonable price for our small group (6). I contacted Heart of Travel regarding shore excursions in Guatemala from the cruise ship port of Puerto Quetzal to Antigua. Chelsea Glass from Heart of Travel organized a wonderful small group excursion and provided flexible pricing dependent on group size, as I needed to gather a group. Chelsea was very responsive and answered my many questions. She created an itinerary for our group and tailored it to our timetable. Our guide/driver, Selvyn Herrera, picked us up at the cruise port and took us to Antigua. We had a walking tour of Antigua and some free time as well. Selvyn took the desires of the group into account. When we saw someone making fresh corn tortillas, we tried them. He even took one of the group to a local brewery to try the beer. We also went to the nearby town of San Juan del Obispo to a local chocolate maker, Chocolate Antigua, where we learned about the chocolate making process and sampled delicious hot chocolate. There were various flavours of both eating chocolate and chocolate for hot chocolate for sale. Great souvenirs! Next, we visited a local small coffee grower in Alotenango where we learned about the coffee making process and ate lunch prepared by the family. It was an excellent lunch of a traditional Guatemalan pepián chicken stew with homemade corn tortillas and really good coffee afterwards. We could also buy 1 pound bags of freshly roasted coffee beans. Again, great souvenirs! Selvyn was very responsive to the group, was very knowledgeable, spoke English well, drove safely, and got us back to the port to our ship in good time. We were all very happy with the shore excursion and with Selvyn.
      By Cynthia C for Antigua Day Tour (Cruise Ship) on 21 Mar, 2023
      Our private tour was wonderful. Our guide, Ely, was great. The port is so far away from everything and he made the entire trip enjoyable. Breakfast at Don Jose’s home was special. We really appreciated the authentic Guatemalan meal they fixed for us. The visit to the weaving location was fun and informative. We even got to get dressed up in traditional clothing. The time in Antigua was a. Great experience. Ely made sure that all of us were taken care of. I would highly recommend We Travel. We were kept informed from beginning to end.
      By Toni W for Custom Antigua Day Tour (Cruise Ship) on 21 Mar, 2023
      Awesome. Thank you Chelsea for the curation - you heard what we wanted and put together a great collection of experiences. We have recommended you to others - this is how highly we rate your services. Oliverio and Antonio were so devoted to their culture and history in Peten - it came through in all they did for us. Selvyn worked so hard and is so knowledgeable about Mayan culture and the highland communities that we visited - he put everything out there for us, and we really appreciated this. Thank you all so much.
      By Brenda T for Custom Services in México & Guatemala: Brenda & Karioi on 17 Mar, 2023
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      I just completed the Oaxaca 2022 Did de Muertos Trip with Heart of Travel and it was amazing. Such a surreal and gratifying experience. Learned so much in regards to the culture and celebrations and customs of the local people and enjoyed learning about their traditions. Heart of Travel made this entire experience so enjoyable and well rounded with cultural immersion experiences. Great accommodation choices and knowledgeable local guides. Their use of local guides to share their knowledge and love for their traditions and home is a great learning experience. I have partake in several of their trips and would highly recommend not only this trip but any they have to offer. They defintiley take care of you. Would travel with them again!!
      By Olivia S on 22 Nov, 2022
      I’ve just returned home from 17 days on Heart of Travel’s first fabulous trip to Spain. We visited Barcelona, Granada, Malaga, Seville, and Madrid— not to mention side trips to the smaller towns of Ronda and Cordoba. Chelsea and Pam amazed me daily! Their ability to research artsy boutique hotels, small family owned businesses for us to experience, along with their attention to detail and ability to respond to glitches was impressive. I loved going into two homes for cooking classes with delightful women. Our guided tour through Sagrada Familia was a highlight as was spending time in Parque Guell in a Barcelona. I thoroughly enjoyed our kayak outing and would have liked to have done a city bike tour for a bit of variety and exercise too! We saw amazing citadels, mosques, cathedrals, and a bullring. Thank you ladies for organizing a wonderful tour and helping to create a “family” of fellow travelers.
      By Devan R on 03 Oct, 2022